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cop chop Mum in threat to 'cut faces' off 'flesh-eating zombie' gardaí


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A MOTHER-of-two called gardaí "flesh eating zombies" while they were trying to administer first aid to an injured man on a Dublin city centre street.

Jackie McElhatton (45) told the gardaí she would "cut their faces off" and eat them before walking out into oncoming traffic, endangering herself and others.

She was under "severe influence" of alcohol at the time of the episode during a soup run for the homeless on O'Connell Street.

Judge Bryan Smyth jailed her for three months at Dublin District Court.

McElhatton, of no fixed address, admitted threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and resisting arrest.

Garda Ann Meenagh said she saw the accused in a highly intoxicated state at 8.20pm on March 26 last year.

Gardaí were helping a man with first aid when McElhatton shouted they were "all flesh eating zombies and they were going to hell."

She threatened gardaí she would "cut their faces off and eat it" and said "you rape children, you are all rapists."

It was a very busy time on O'Connell Street as there was also a soup kitchen for the homeless in operation.

McElhatton walked straight onto the road in front of oncoming traffic, which had to stop, then onto the Luas lines.

McElhatton resisted arrest and continued to shout abusive remarks to the gardaí.

She was "extremely highly intoxicated," slurring her words and could not walk in a straight line.

Gda Meenagh accepted the accused had nothing to do with the injured man.

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The accused suffered from alcoholism and when she was drinking she was an "absolutely different person," her lawyer said.

McElhatton had more than 140 previous convictions and was already serving a sentence for assaulting a garda.

The accused, from England, had been living in Ireland for the last 20 years. She had been clear of all substances for a period of time but relapsed into alcoholism.

At the time of the incident in O'Connell Street, her alcoholism began to spiral and she could not get any supports due to the pandemic.

She was under "severe influence" of alcohol at the time of the offence and accepted what she did was "terribly wrong." She was remorseful, her lawyer added.

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